Lares is known as "El Pueblo del Grito" (the city of the revolt). Lares was founded in April 26, 1827 by Francisco de Sotomayor and Pedro Vélez Borrero. The city was named after one of its settlers, Don Amador de Lariz.
On September 23, 1868, Lares was the scene of the events that gave birth to a social revolution against Spain for Puerto Rican independence, known as "El Grito de Lares".
The surrounding areas produces coffee, oranges, bananas, and avocados.
Lares is located north of Camuy; north of Maricao and Yauco; south of Camuy, east of San Sebastián and Las Marias; and west of Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas.
There are many well-known "lareños", among them: Francisco Matos Paoli, Luis Hernandez Aquino, Justo A. Mendez, Antonio Coll Vidal, Obdulio Bauza, Josť Feliciano, former Miss Universe 2000 Denise Quiñones, and Clemente Soto.
|Land Area:||161 sq km (61.7 sq mi)|
|Water Area:||0.18 sq mi|
|Density:||214.5 per sq km (557.5 per sq mi)|
|Per Capita Income:||$4,634|
|Source: 2000 Census|
|Hymn:||En las verdes montañas de Lares...|
|Driving Time:||1.8 hours from San Juan|
|Wards:||Bartolo, Buenos Aires, Callejones, Espino, Lares, La Torre, Mirasol, Pezuela, Piletas, Pueblo and Río Prieto.|
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